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NFL News - Friday, December 14,2007
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NFL hearing union's appeal on behalf of Titans cornerback

The NFL will hear the appeal by the players' union on behalf 
of suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones by telephone 
on Friday afternoon. A person familiar with details of Jones' 
appeal told The Associated Press of the hearing, but requested 
anonymity because the scheduling has not been officially announced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to ease Jones' season-long 
suspension Nov. 6, and the NFL Players' Association appealed that 
decision a couple days later. But the union's appeal has been 
limited because Jones dropped his own appeal in June.
The NFL declined to comment when asked if the appeal would be 
heard Friday. Union officials did not return several messages 
from The Associated Press. They realize their appeal has little 
chance of success, especially with the hearing coming with only 
two weeks left in the 2007 season. The appeal was first reported 
by The Tennessean in its Thursday editions. Jones' status in the 
NFL will be reviewed by league officials once the Titans' season 
ends. The Titans (7-6) remain in contention for their first playoff 
berth since 2003. Goodell suspended the sixth pick overall in the 
2005 draft for the 2007 season in April, a move that followed 
Jones being tabbed by Las Vegas police for inciting a strip club 
fight that led to a triple shooting Feb. 19, leaving one man 
paralyzed. Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted, 
including two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the Titans did not 
learn about until 2007. He reached a plea deal last month in 
Las Vegas, settling two felony counts of coercion into a gross 
misdemeanor. Also Thursday night, Jones told a high school football
banquet in Nashville that he's "made a whole lot of bad decisions."
Addressing the Whites Creek players, he said trouble "is easy to 
get into, hard to get out of." "I loved to enjoy myself," Jones 
said. "I came from $10 in the bank to $15 million in the bank. 
The hardest thing for me to do was turn my back on my friends. 
At the end of the day, I learned things the hard way."

Roethlisberger sits out practice; Batch fills in

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed 
practice again Thursday because of a sore right shoulder, with 
Charlie Batch running the starting offense in his place.
On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger's 
problem wasn't a major one and, "I don't want to make more out 
of it than what it is." The Steelers haven't updated 
Roethlisberger's condition since then. Tomlin said 
Roethlisberger's status would be updated Friday. It is common 
for Steelers players who have relatively minor injuries to miss 
a day or two of practice, then take part in the final practice 
of the week Friday and play on Sunday. Batch hasn't started a 
game since the 2006 opener, when he threw three touchdown 
passes in a 28-17 victory over Miami. Roethlisberger, who 
missed that game after having appendicitis, has started each 
of the Steelers' 28 games since then. 

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Week 15 Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 15

Cincinnati at San Francisco		8:15 pm

Sunday, Dec. 16

Arizona at New Orleans			1:00 pm	

Atlanta at Tampa Bay			1:00 pm	

Baltimore at Miami			1:00 pm	

Buffalo at Cleveland			1:00 pm	

Green Bay at St. Louis			1:00 pm	

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh		1:00 pm	

N.Y. Jets at New England		1:00 pm	

Seattle at Carolina			1:00 pm	

Tennessee at Kansas City		1:00 pm	

Indianapolis at Oakland			4:05 pm	

Detroit at San Diego			4:15 pm	

Philadelphia at Dallas			4:15 pm	

Washington at N.Y. Giants		8:15 pm	

Monday, Dec. 17

Chicago at Minnesota			8:30 pm	


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Redskins G Thomas done for season with arm injury

Washington Redskins right guard Randy Thomas will not play 
again this season because of his ailing left arm. Thomas 
missed 10 games with a torn triceps and didn't make it past 
the first quarter when he tried to return in last week's game 
against Chicago. He hoped to continue to play as the Redskins 
made a push for the playoffs, but he continued to have swelling 
in the arm. Thomas will have an MRI to determine if there has 
been any further damage. Thomas was placed on injured reserve 
Thursday following a meeting with coach Joe Gibbs. "Me and Gibbs
figured it was pretty obvious not to be foolish with the 
situation," Thomas said, "and to look forward to another 
year." Thomas was injured in Week 2 against Philadelphia. His 
spot has been filled by 10-year veteran Jason Fabini, one of 
several upheavals in an injury-plagued season for the offensive 
line. Right tackle Jon Jansen was lost for the season with a 
broken leg in Week 1, and center Casey Rabach and right tackle 
Todd Wade also have missed time with injuries. To fill Thomas' 
roster spot, the Redskins re-signed seventh-year guard Rick 
DeMulling. DeMulling spent eight weeks on the roster earlier 
this season, appearing in three games. 

Nearly 84 million Pro Bowl votes cast on NFL.com and Sprint Wireless

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre received 1,140,863 
votes to lead all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2008 NFL 
Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today. Presented by Sprint, 2008 
NFL Pro Bowl voting on NFL.com and on wireless phones with 
Sprint service ended on Tuesday, December 11. There was a 
record 83.7 million votes cast on NFL.com and on wireless 
phones with Sprint service using more than 2,262,000 ballots. 
There were nearly 14 million more votes cast this year than 
last year. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 
(1,037,608 votes) ranks second overall while Indianapolis 
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (991,418 votes), Dallas 
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (830,789 votes) and New England 
Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss (806,455 votes) round out 
the top five on NFL.com. Romo received the highest number of 
votes from voters using Sprint's service. The AFC and NFC 
All-Star squads are made up of the consensus votes of fans, 
players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third 
towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the 
American Football Conference and National Football Conference 
in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches are casting their 
votes December 13-14.  The NFL is the only sports league that 
combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its 
all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league 
to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

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